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Laars Lite 2 heater issue: I am unable to reseat (screw in) the two drain plugs on the side of the heater. The threads will not catch. The screws (plugs) appear to be in good shape. Please let me know what it is they are being screwed into, if that part is replaceable, and how I would go about replacing it. Thank you.

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They screw into the tank and it cannot be replaced without replacing the whole shabang. BUT!!! nOT TO WORRY!!! the threads in the tank can be repaired by running a Yhread tap into the holes.Take the plugs to the hardware store and ask for two new plugs, preferably brass. And a pipe tap (npt) of the same size. 1/2 npt or 3/4 npt and a roll of teflon tapte. Don't buy a china made tap, Buy a good one. Its cheaper than a water heater. hen you use the tap don't cut new threads, just"chase" the old ones. The tap is pretty much self aligning so start by hand and turn with a small crescent wrench cleaning up the tank threads. Put a little oil on the tap threads. Just remember not to go past the point of bottoming the tap. Any further you are cutting the hole larger. Wrap the threads of the plugs with teflon tape opposit the direction you will be screwing in the plugs. The plugsshould start easily. Do not force anything. Snug them down and kick back. problem solved. Good Luck. Let me know if you need further help.

Posted on Jun 01, 2009

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